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New legal move in mob murder case

Prosecutors are to reinstate criminal proceedings against a former police officer in connection with the sectarian murder of a man by a loyalist mob in Northern Ireland.

Robert Hamill, a Catholic aged 25, was beaten by the gang in Portadown, Co Armagh, in April 1997. He never regained consciousness and died in hospital.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) decided to restart the case against two men and a woman.

A PPS spokesman said: "Robert and Eleanor Atkinson have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice.

"Kenneth Hanvey has been charged with doing acts tending to pervert the course of public justice."

Proceedings were stayed by a judge last year due to legal issues.

Robert and Eleanor Atkinson are married and live in Brownstown Road, Portadown. Robert Atkinson is a former Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) reserve constable.

Hanvey lives in Derryanvil Road in the town.

The Hamill killing was one of four examined by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory following claims of security force collusion in the killings.

Allegations that police failed to intervene to help Mr Hamill were the subject of a subsequent public inquiry.

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